AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Laid to Rest

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Friends and family of  AC/DC’s Malcolm Young gathered today (Nov. 28) in Sydney, Australia, to say their goodbyes to the guitarist, who died Nov. 18 at age 64 after a long bout with dementia. According to news reports culled from statements by attendees, the funeral was attended by Malcolm’s brother Angus Young and other current and former AC/DC members: singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, and drummers Phil Rudd and Mark Evans.

According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, “Young’s casket was carried from St Mary’s Cathedral, in Sydney, where…Angus stood clutching his guitar,” known as “The Beast.”

Mourners were reportedly given guitar picks with Malcolm’s name inscribed with the dates of Young’s birth and death.

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Other reports stated that none of Young’s family members chose to speak, and that a program booklet handed out at the service conveyed their “love, support and overwhelming outpouring of kindness.” Young was described by one speaker as a “generous” man with “immense talent.”

The booklet also said, “Malcolm’s family thank you for your love, support and overwhelming outpouring of kindness during this time. They ask that you remember Malcolm as a man who was generous and had immense talent. His enormous legacy to his family and music industry worldwide will never be forgotten.”

The Daily Mail article stated that rock music was not played at the funeral, but rather hymns such as “Amazing Grace” and “The Lord is My Shepherd.” Following the service, the article says, “the procession was led by the Scots College Pipes and Drums as it went down College Street.” That band played “It’s A Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll)” as the casket was led to a hearse, which was unadorned.

Watch a video of the pipes band playing as Young’s casket is carried from the church.

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